Hoppers is a restaurant that I have been wanting to try for a while. Unfortunately I was unable to get a table previously as the venue was full on my visit to the Soho branch. I was thrilled to here a bigger branch of the restaurant was now open in Kings Cross, which accepts bookings as the Soho venue did not. The Soho branch is quite small in comparison and their is also a further branch in Marylebone. With the government incentive “Eat out to help out” (which gave 50 percent off food during August 2020 Monday- Wednesday) my friend and I decided this would be the perfect time to visit. We managed to get a booking for 10pm as it was so popular but it was a must try!
Food - 9/10
Ambiance - 8.5/10
Service - 8.5/10
Value for Money - 8/10
Delicious food at a lovely restauraunt!
Price Range: £££
Address: Unit 3, 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG
Telephone: 020 3319 8125
Nearest Station: Kings Cross St. Pancras
We arrived at the venue slightly early so our table wasn’t quite ready therefore we were seated at the bar where we could start ordering drinks whilst we waited. We decided to wait until we were seated at our table before any ordering commenced though. When our time arrived we were promptly seated. The venue was very busy due to the “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme however the venue was quite big and even included outdoor seating, it is much bigger than it’s Sohos’ counterpart. The waitress was extremely friendly and explained the menu to us, now it was time to decide what to eat :D.
There was a variety of different drinks to pick from to accompany my meal from soft drinks to cocktails, but I decided to try one of the milk drinks. I opted for the Masala Buttermilk which was a salted yogurt mixed with shallots, curry leaves, green chillies and ginger. The beverage was quite savoury with a little bit of a spicy kick to it, definitely something I am not used to drinking but it was quite tasty! I would prefer a more cool, refreshing drink next time but it was nice to try it out.
There was a plethora of food on the menu I wanted to try but couldn’t possibly try it all! I ordered as much as I think I could have eaten and I think I ordered the perfect amount :P. My friend and I decided to order one of the dishes from the “Short Eats & Bites” section to share. We went for the Hot Chilli Butter Paneer. For my main Kari I opted for the Swimmer Crab Kari as I am a big fan of seafood. I ordered this with a Pilau Rice and I had to try one of the Hoppers! I decided to go for the Egg Hopper as I had seen pictures of this previously and it looked delicious. Furthermore I ordered a Pol Sambol and a Tomato Chutney to accompany the food.
The Butter Chilli Paneer was very tasty and a good start to the meal, it had a good kick to it and was definitely the most spicy thing I ordered. I would definitely order it again if I return! The Kari was also delicious with plentiful flavour. If you order this dish though make sure you are ready to get your hands dirty, as the crab still comes in the shell! You have to crack the crab open yourself. Don’t worry too much though, the Kari comes with the necessary utensils to crack it open. It was a decent portion of Crab for the Kari and a great selection. The Pilau rice was also nice, and the Hopper was fluffy and a great pairing with the Kari. The Tomato Chutney and Pol Sambol also tasted great, however they cost £1.50 each which is a disappointment as no Chutneys or Sambols come with any of the food.
Overall I have to say it was a great experience at Hoppers. The food was delectable and the service was fast and very friendly. The aesthetic was modern and inviting and the ambiance was fabulous. I would definitely recommend dining here if you get the opportunity, and the location is a short walk from the station.